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# Factory outlet stores, operated by manufacturers, are

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Factory outlet stores, operated by manufacturers, are usually located miles from downtown and regional shopping centers so as not directly to be competitive against department stores in the same trading area.
(A) so as not directly to be competitive against
(B) in order for them not to have direct competition with
(C) so that they do not compete directly with
(D) in order that they are not directly competitive against
(E) for the purpose of not competing directly with

in this "they" could refer to factory outlet,manufacturers or shopping centres is it so ? or since these words appear in modifying phrases separated by comma, do not lead to reference error ?
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20 Jun 2006, 13:14
C. plus plus
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20 Jun 2006, 15:48
^C^

The important aspect is to use So...that construction
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21 Jun 2006, 04:26
I know the idiom "so that ..."

but isn't "they" ambigious ??
they could mean factory outlets or even shopping centres ?

"e" does not have any doubt about referent they...
remember we have to select the best answer of the lot
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22 Jun 2006, 12:14
option C for sure

they refers to the only subject (factory outlets) introduced in the beginning of the sentence and not the dept. stores which comes later
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22 Jun 2006, 12:32
E.

Slightly tricky with "compete against" and "compete with"

B is wordy "not to have....competition"
C "they" who?
D is wordy and also "they" who?
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22 Jun 2006, 14:49
Definitely B.

"they" correctly referes to the original subject.

E - "are located" is passive "for the purpose of" is active. It creates an impression that the whole reason of their existence is to avoid competetion.

Auto factories are located in detroit for the purpose of benefiting from the huge industry pesence.

Or better

Auto giants build factories in detroit for the purpose of benefiting from the huge industry presence.
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22 Jun 2006, 15:10
^C^

So ...that is correct usage & also compete with is better than
competitive against, competition with
22 Jun 2006, 15:10
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